Start spreading the news that New York City doesn't run New York State. Although the city government is formidable and critical to the safe and prosperous functioning of the nation's great metropolis, New York State has a significant government of its own. Businesses throughout the state must have state-level licenses and sometimes many of them. From retailers, auto mechanics and physicians alike should expect to file forms and respect the Empire State's authority.
In New York, household Services such as Housekeeping, Gardening, Landscaping and Auto Detailing may not require as many licenses as food and healthcare businesses, but they must be licensed nonetheless. Businesses that use a person’s home as their official address or office may also need a Home Occupation Permit from their city or county.